Sunday, April 01, 2012

SHINE teaser video & chapter, plus first paperback giveaway!

ONE. MONTH. The next time my Calendar icon at the bottom of my screen has a big fat "1" on it, SHINE will be out in the wild! Aaaaahhhh! *runs around, flailing gracelessly*

Latest developments:

1. Chapter One is now public.

2. I made this teaser video for SHINE. It's ideally viewed after reading Chapter One rather than before, but if you prefer not to read Chapter One before reading the book (I'm like that, I totally understand), you can still enjoy the video.

3. Want a signed copy of SHINE? Pre-order from Constellation Books and support a fabulous independent bookstore! Or preorder from your local store or one of these online booksellers:
(Note: links go to hardcover version, but each store is also selling paperback.)

4. I got my very own paperback copy of SHINE* on Friday when my lovely editor, Annette Pollert of Simon Pulse, brought it to me at a panel during the NYC Teen Author Festival. What a fantastic surprise! And yes, I was almost mugged for it (silly me, waving it around like that).

No sooner is it in my hands than I'm giving it away to one of you! Autographed, of course. International entries welcome, of course.

  • Here on the blog: Leave a comment below with your reaction to chapter 1 and/or the video. In addition, let me know in your comment if you also did #3 below. To avoid unwanted spam (as opposed to "wanted spam"?) please do not leave your email address in the comments.
  • On Twitter: Tweet a link to this blog post, mentioning the SHINE excerpt and the video. Include my username (@jsmithready) and the hashtag #SHINEtease. Earn an extra chance by sporting the SHINE Twitter avatar, found on my Twitter profile.
  • On YouTube: Go to the SHINE teaser video's YouTube page, leave a comment, and click the thumbs-up icon below the video to "like" it (or dislike it if you want).

A winner will be randomly drawn on Wednesday, April 4, at 11:59pm. That winner will be announced here in this post on Thursday (and also notified by Twitter, if applicable). If the winner has not responded with a mailing address by Sunday, April 8, 11:59pm, I will draw another name.

EDITED TO ADD: The winner of the first SHINE paperback giveaway is Meaghan from A Bookworm's Haven! Congrats to Meaghan and a HUGE thanks to everyone who spread the word about the first chapter and the video--you ROCK!


  • Starting tomorrow morning, are having their "biggest giveaway ever." (EDITED TO ADD: Holy WOW, go check out what they're giving away to everyone who pre-orders SHINE--the most adorable Zach & Logan trading cards!) They're also holding a different SHADE/SHIFT/SHINE discussion each Monday/Wednesday/Friday during April in preparation for the big May 1 event. (EDITED TO ADD: The first discussion, about whether you'd want to see ghosts, is up now!)
  • I'll be at the RT Booklovers Convention April 11-15. I'll post my specific schedule here later this week, but if you click on that link and do a find for "Jeri," you'll see 5 events, and that's not even including the giant Book Fair. I'm a busy, busy girl.
  • Speaking of appearances, Team Kilt Con planning is underway! Keep an eye out for the latest news on the world's first SHADE fan gathering (May 18-19, Minneapolis, MN). The gorgeous hotel has been chosen, and there'll be more big announcements later this week.
See ya!

*SHINE will be released simultaneously in hardcover and paperback on May 1. This way readers can have a matched set of the new SHADE series covers in paperback right from the get-go. Brilliant idea, oh fine publisher o' mine!

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Preparing myself mentally physically and emotionally. I know I will be a mess by the end of it but I can't wait!!

Posted by: Blogger claire at 4/01/2012 3:20 PM

I can't believe that you made that video! It's amazing!

I didn't read the first chapter (I try to avoid doing so at all costs, I prefer to have the book all at once ;) )- so I will admit that I am uber confused by the trailer. I mean, WHY IS ZACHARY IN A JAIL-LOOKING THING?

I tweeted about it:!/AverysBookNook/status/186538401451872256

And I changed my avatar yesterday: @AverysBookNook

*And* I did the Youtube dealio:

Thanks so much!

Posted by: Blogger Avery at 4/01/2012 3:42 PM

My inital reaction was WTF happens to Zachary?!??? The music and images leave a lot of raw emotions and anxiety after viewing that teaser video. I'm thinking May 1 is too far away!

I'm ready to see Aura find the answers she has been seeking. This book will be EPIC!

Posted by: Blogger KristyZ at 4/01/2012 4:46 PM

LOVE the video!!! I'm avoiding the first chapter, I don't want any details until I have the book in my hands!

I am so excited for SHINE!!!

Tweeted the contest: @LostntheStax


Posted by: Blogger lostnthestacks at 4/01/2012 4:52 PM

Oh man, I don't even know what to think of that trailer! I didn't read the 1st chapter bc I hate to have anything spoiled. But now I have more questions than ever! Can't wait to read Shine!


liked & commented on the video (DTN1984 on YouTube)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 4/01/2012 5:01 PM

O.O I'm totally speechless! That trailer is absolutely beautiful... The wait for SHINE is now even more impossible!!


Posted by: Blogger Mag @ Geek Chic at 4/01/2012 5:03 PM

Reaction to chapter 1: Noooooo Logan's gone! Awww, that's sweet! Wait, what's up with Zach's flight? It crashed?? WHAT? NOOOOOO!!

Reaction to video: YES!! (although I knew he was alive from other teasers) Awwwwwwwwwwwww... Wait that's it?? (Seriously though, I got chills from that video. Everytime I watched it. And I've watched it quite a few times now.)

Tweet (also changed my avi last night):!/Poochylover/status/186563155995017217

I also commented on the video and gave it a thumbs-up on Youtube

Aaaaand, I think that's it... Thanks for the giveaway (and for making this series in the first place), great job on the video, and Have a nice weekend (or what little is left of it)! :)

Posted by: Blogger Poochylover at 4/01/2012 5:29 PM

I read chapter one a few days ago and I'm going CRAZY waiting for SHINE to come out so I can find out what happened to Zachary's plane ... and the rest of the story, of course!

Posted by: Blogger Amy at 4/01/2012 6:40 PM

I didn't read the first chapter because I know once I read it, I won't want to read anything besides the book and then I'd have to wait a month and it'd be HORRIBLE. I hate waiting. Haha.

As for the video it is awesome! I liked it on Youtube :)

Posted by: Blogger Must Love Books at 4/01/2012 6:43 PM

This video is great and I am dying to get my hands on a copy of Shine- especially after reading Chapter One (that teaser was just cruel)!

I tweeted:!/kmichelle_10/status/186588277573300224

I commented on YouTube: Username- kristen101horses

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :))

Posted by: Blogger Kristen at 4/01/2012 7:07 PM

That video is just... Wow! And having seen it not just after reading chapter 1, but the whole book, made me want to cry. It fits so well with the story. And as you know I don't tweet, but I did head over to you tube and like the video.

Posted by: Blogger Kendra at 4/01/2012 7:14 PM

great teaser!! what happens to zachary?? <3 zachary


Posted by: Blogger Michelle Santiago at 4/01/2012 7:25 PM

I read the first chapter the first time you released and can't bring myself to read it again until release on May 1st.

The video: OMG. My breath caught in my throat and my heart stuttered, I think.


Changed my avi @MarissaOdom

Did the youtube like & comment user "rinnarinz"

Can't wait for May 1st!!

Posted by: Blogger Marissa at 4/01/2012 8:08 PM

What an awesome video. So excited for May 1 and to spend some time with Zach and Aura. I commented on the youtube video also :)

Posted by: Blogger Christine Manzari at 4/01/2012 8:46 PM

can't wait to read this book. THe video is awesome.

Posted by: Blogger Bookworm23 at 4/01/2012 9:32 PM

can't wait to read this book. THe video is awesome.

Posted by: Blogger Bookworm23 at 4/01/2012 9:32 PM

The video makes me want to cry! I am so, so tempted to read the first chapter, but I want to wait until I have the entire thing in my hands. It would be torture to read part of it and not be able to finish. Especially after watching the video... I think you did a fabulous job! Loved it! (I also liked the video on YouTube and left a comment.)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 4/01/2012 9:55 PM

I'm not reading the first chapter but the only word I can say after seeing the trailer is "gah!" I can't wait for Shine to come out. NOW!!!

I tweeted the link
I changed by twitter Avi (@coldmoonvioet)
I went to YouTube and left a comment and a thumbs up

Posted by: Blogger Lisa (Reading to the Moon) at 4/01/2012 10:11 PM

My initial reaction to chapter 1 was a complete gasp, after that when I started breathing again, I might have scream and flail all over my room.

And my reaction to the video, squealing definitely, it's definitely beautiful!! I love you Jeri!!

Btw here's the link to my tweet:!/GabyLafara/status/186609530413645825

I also liked the video and youtube and I leave a cooment under LaFara125

Posted by: Blogger Gaby Pendragon at 4/02/2012 12:15 AM

TWEETED :)!/kadburytweets/status/186784563090042881


Posted by: Blogger Krazzyme(Young Readers) at 4/02/2012 7:58 AM

Well, my reaction -and I'm not joking here- was NOOOOO!
And then I tweeted you, if I remember correctly hah.

I tweeted:!/tamsbookramble/status/186803091604111360

and I changed my avi: @tamsbookramble

Posted by: Blogger Tamara at 4/02/2012 9:16 AM

I've viewed the teaser trailer for Shine over, and over... and over. I choke up each time. My jaws/ears sting each time. You did good Jeri!

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 4/02/2012 12:07 PM

OH MY GOD. The minute my eyes set on that newly posted video, (with out even thinking about what it would do to me aftermath) I clicked play. BTW your video was amazing because after watching it, my face ended up in a pillow screaming. Instead of waiting I read the first chapter. There were too many questions that needed to be answered from just that one video. I tried to read the chapter as slow as possible so it could last longer, but my plans failed when I was at the end of the page. Even though I am extremely excited for shine, I am so sad that this trilogy will end.

Jeri, the shade series has casted a spell over me that has taken control of my mind. I find my self constantly thinking of the novel and what’s going to happen. I play out scenarios from my imagination of Zach and Aura, their favourite. I re-read the books and try my best to pretend I don’t know what will happen next. This helps substitute the depression of waiting for the new book to come out. You are amazingly talented and your stories bring me joy. They are way better then television, I find myself visualizing the appropriate scenes in my head. Again, can’t wait to read shine, I bet it will be so GOOD!

PS. I don’t have twitter, sucks I know.
-nyomee noel.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 4/02/2012 3:48 PM

Thanks, everyone! Love you guys!!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 4/02/2012 4:26 PM

The video was awesome! I really think this one is going to be an emotional book, but I cannot wait!

I tweeted about it:!/abookwormshaven/statuses/186966950214238209

and did the YouTube stuff:

Thanks for the giveaway! Cannot wait to read the book. :)

Posted by: Blogger Meaghan from A Bookworm's Haven at 4/02/2012 8:11 PM

I haven't actually read any of the books in this series, but I've heard only positive things, and am really, really looking forward to it!

Email: cynicalsapphire at gmail dot com


Commented on YouTube as sapphiregirl1487

Posted by: Blogger Christina at 4/03/2012 9:53 AM

Reading chapter one has made me sooo impaitient!! I CAN'T WAIT ANOTHER MONTH!!! Hopefully this giveaway will change that!! I also did #3!! And will be tweeting shortly!

Posted by: Blogger gem-gem at 4/03/2012 10:30 AM

I am purposely not reading chapter one because there's no way i'd make it til may without going crazy waiting for the rest!!
i also did #3 as ame1184 and tweeted : )!/bamayankee/status/187316829084073984

Posted by: Blogger alicia marie at 4/03/2012 7:14 PM

I LOVE the book trailer. It was the book trailer for SHADE that made me want to read the book. It gives me chills.
I posted a comment on Youtube (Lycan731)
I tweeted about it (Rpatzz)

Posted by: Blogger cristina at 4/03/2012 10:48 PM

The trailer makes me swoon but also feel sad! Shine can't come any sooner!!! >.< Aaaaaaaahhhh!!!! You really did an awesome job with this trailer Jeri :)

I liked and left a comment on it on YouTube (under the username: kiss0113). I also tweeted!!/marisolgaddi/status/187419127852445697

Posted by: Blogger Marisol Gaddi at 4/04/2012 2:08 AM

What's crazy is that I was sucked right back into the boiling pot of emotion that is this series after just reading a few lines. How do you do that?? The spell you cast has insane powers.

The trailer was impressive. I loved the "yes, you" at the end. ;)

Can't wait until my pre-order comes in! *hugs*


Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 4/04/2012 11:10 AM

Ack! I'm only just now reading Shift, but of course I still read the first chapter of Shine and watched the teasingly awesome video. Glutton for punishment, that is me. ;)

Posted by: Blogger Millionmph at 4/04/2012 4:39 PM

Thanks for all the comments and word-spreading! I can't wait for you all to read SHINE. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 4/04/2012 4:40 PM

My reaction to the first chapter: o__________o and :O and WAT?! >_<

My reaction to the the trailer: I like it very much ^__^ I can't wait for the book :D

Posted by: Blogger Chelsea at 4/04/2012 4:45 PM

Can't wait to read this! Watched the trailer, but I couldn't bring myself to sneak a peek at Chapter One. I want to be able to read it all at once! XD

Tweeted about post -!/jax_ink/status/187641104001282048

Posted by: Blogger Jax at 4/04/2012 4:50 PM

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Posted by: Blogger cschir at 4/04/2012 5:01 PM

What a tease! lol I didn't read the first chapter because I would want to keep reading therefore; I watched the trailer. I can not wait to get my hands on this book!

Posted by: Blogger cschir at 4/04/2012 5:02 PM

The first chapter is a great hook into the book, and the series. Thanks for doing the giveaway. :)

Posted by: Blogger Carol at 4/04/2012 5:22 PM

And yes -- I can see why you recommend reading before watching! The video is very nicely done.

Posted by: Blogger Carol at 4/04/2012 5:26 PM

WOW, I love the trailer!! It's so simple and powerful at the same time!! Very well done! :)

Posted by: Blogger Angela @ Reading Angels at 4/04/2012 5:53 PM

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Posted by: Blogger Marose at 4/04/2012 7:00 PM

Way to build up the anticipation (as if I'm not already over and above my head with excitement)! also the bass drumline also Can't wait to actually hold a copy in my hands! :)

Posted by: Blogger Marose at 4/04/2012 7:02 PM

Okay, now I need this book. Chapter One is simply making me need to read this book more. I need answers. I can't believe that in a few weeks, I'll get to read this. I just can't wait for it :)

Tweeted about it:!/Julalicious83/status/187681180215287808

Avatar :!/Julalicious83

And the video just makes me more intrigued... I feel so much is going to happen in this book.

Thanks for giving us the chance to have a sneak peek of the book:)

Posted by: Blogger Julie M. at 4/04/2012 7:28 PM

Thank you for sharing your paperback of Shine with us! =D I loved the teaser video and can see why you were almost mugged for it! The video fits perfectly with the first chapter teaser and makes me really excited for May! ;-) Thank you for sharing them.

I tweeted as well as changed my photo to the Shine cover here:

I also liked the video and commented on the YouTube page (shellyjean2008 email).

Thanks again!

Posted by: Blogger Raychelle Steele at 4/04/2012 9:11 PM

Oops, sorry my YouTube channel is SteeleReviews.

Posted by: Blogger Raychelle Steele at 4/04/2012 9:19 PM

The winner of the first SHINE paperback giveaway is Meaghan from A Bookworm's Haven! Congrats to Meaghan and a HUGE thanks to everyone who spread the word about the first chapter and the video--you ROCK!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 4/06/2012 11:32 AM

Best book ever !!! Just finished it a couple days ago ! <3

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 5/24/2013 4:44 PM

Aww, thanks, Madison! I'm so glad you loved it. :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/25/2013 10:15 AM

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